For a man under intense pressure, Louis van Gaal cut a jolly figure on a chilly Danish night training under the spotlights with his Manchester United squad.
In a warm down routine after flying over earlier in the day, Man United’s players would have have had a relatively lightweight session ahead of Thursday night’s game against FC Midtylland.
Following another grim loss last weekend, this time against Sunderland, Man United simply need to win today to somewhat ease the pressure on van Gaal but the reality is that even a convincing win is unlikely to lessen it much.
Van Gaal’s exit is considered inevitable by the majority of United fans but until that happens, the question remains as to whether we can actually show the level of consistency needed to put together a run towards the top four.
The Dutchman is smiling before the game but will he be after? I certainly hope so, because I would hate to contemplate the catastrophic fallout if we weren’t to beat FC Midtjylland.